I was wondering, when you start a painting, doll, whatever your project is, do you plan it out, sketch it out? Or do you work on the fly? I've done both and it seems to depend on the project for me. Some things come to me in my mind completely whole and don't go away until I sculpt/paint them exactly as I see them in my mind. Others come to me in bits and pieces. I see part of it. Like the above painting I just finished, I saw the girl with the alligator on her head, with her umbrella, but I wasn't sure on the background. So how do you work? Do you then wait and let it peculate in your brain until it becomes clear? Do you sketch until you figure it out? I'm curious on how others work. I sketched her out, and still wasn't clear on the background, I thought I wanted vintage pages of text on the background, so I laid that down and sculpted her face and the alligator and sketched out the rest. Nope, that still wasn't it. So I played and along the way, the journey became clear. So by knowing the adventure from start to finish would I have missed the journey? What are your thoughts on how you work? Do you enjoy going straight to the destination or enjoy the journey to your finished artwork? xo Michele
Registration for classes at Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay is now open! I'm teaching a one day class on a doll similar to Maddie in the picture, but of course it's all up to you! You bring everything you want to incorporate and together we'll build the doll! You can register for the class here: http://www.cyndysdolls.com/AFIC%202013CntrlInfo.htm
Also I'm teaching a 2 day workshop on building a larger doll, like this one:
Nevermore found her way home from Art Doll Quarterly! I was so excited to see her again! I've added her to my etsy shop, she comes with a complimentary copy of the magazine she appears in.
I've also added some more pendants
My etsy shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/michelelynchart
For this weekend, if you use the coupon code LABORDAY at check out you will get free priority mail shipping, within the US! Have a great weekend, stay safe & dry! xo Michele
I'm like most artists, I've been creating something for as long as I can remember. I have explored many types of media and love experimenting with new things. Mixed media seems to be where my heart belongs. I can combine my love of painting, sculpting, adding found object all into one. The Steampunk Soul series evolved after I took a job with a corporation--the Soul Sucker. I hope you enjoy my artwork! xo Michele